Great questions! Here are my answers:
1. I placed a strike through several items as I am no longer using these products in my massage therapy (or only tiny amounts as specified). Essentially, I want to show that I no longer advocate evoo, and don't advocate Retin A as the principal topical used in my massaging. [Retin A helped my skin tremendously before I burned my skin, but now, it's far too aggressive and accentuates my scars, same goes with copper peptides....I wish I could return to them knowing how effective they were in the past, but now, they are detrimental to my skin, as I believe my skin is thinned/ fragile post burns]. Besides, it's possible that the topicals are secondary to the actual massage itself. And I don't want to advocate/ or give the impression of advocating evoo to others as it made my skin texture like "cauliflower"...not good...whereas the beta glucan liquid does not break out my skin but leaves it looking healthy (i.e. I can clearly see that my skin texture looks healthier e.g. red areas have subsided and I have seen it regenerate new skin tissue in face after applying it post burns). However, please do your own thorough research on this product and choose a product you find beneficial (and has no contraindications and has been scientifically verified as safe & effective). I will also contact New Directions and ask more questions which I'll share on this board. It might be a good idea to contact them directly too or send an email with your questions.
2. I don't have box car or ice pick scars. I did have shallow rolling scars. And with my burns, I received scars that were shaped like x marks and stars (I know that sounds weird, but that's what they were). I also skin needled too early when I burned my skin (i.e. when my skin was still very thin/ fragile, I made many line scars across my cheeks and sort of dig/ puncture holes in my skin too...but these are now 90- 95% gone, the massaging has really cleared them up!). Others were more like typical burn marks where the skin is 'seared'/ silvery...and I have a TCA scar on my forehead (and through the more recent glycolic acid mishap, near my mouth and on my forehead and a few on my cheek - I also have some areas of skin with 'dips' where collagen is missing - and I did have partial skin thickness burns, where there are several different layers of skin heights...but the beta glucan really helped, as did the later needling, and now the massaging has really boosted the healing ); i,e, these areas on my skin that have had dips or deep lines/ crevices and other areas missing collagen (as a result of the second degree burns) have since plumped up with the massaging and healed/ smoothed!
Thus, my scarring is a mixture of many types of scarring...i.e. - Surgical scars, 3 of them in total, caused by a PS through surgical mole removal before non-invasive techniques - i.e. cuts and stitches were used. (Two of them have really improved by needling in the past, and the major one that is really depressed has really lifted since massaging. I think it was rather deep and strongly tethered. I have been needling it in the past too, but it seems to be "lifting" with the massaging. Give me another week and I'll confirm whether it is mere micro-swelling or truly healing. But I think it's healing, because it looks bigger but more shallow). - Smaller scars/ burn scars (that are not deep or tethered) - these get a red outline after massaging for a few days, and then seem to lift...the red outline then fades and the skin is smoothed etc However, most of my scarring, including the burns, have improved with skin needling & key active topicals. The massaging is helping a lot now too.
Overall, apart from my surgical scars, I would not say my scars are very deep. But the burn scars were pervasive. Also, I'm sure if I had not intervened, the burn scars could have set as rigid scars instead of remodeling and healing as well as they did. And yes, every scar can heal and remodel. It just takes time and good healthy living, good mesotherapy & good topicals i.e. great overall health, nutrition and exercise is very important to help speed-up natural healing and produce innate growth factors/ collagen. So, if the overall body is unhealthy, I don't think massaging would help a great deal and skin needling results minimal. A wholistic approach to healing is key
Re my general complexion/ skin texture: it was severely damaged from harsh topicals which has been difficult to rectify (i.e. coarse, irregular, not smooth under harsh lighting). I also had pervasive redness and visible capillaries on my cheek/ nose...I think it's the early stages of rosacea from BP. Furthermore, my forehead was ruined by BP. i.e. it was leathery, coarse and bumpy.
Lastly, my face is 'lifting' and plumping-up through the massage i.e. looking more youthful and healthy...in fact, I think I'm getting the same effects/ results as using this expensive machine!!! http://en.wellbox.com/
Essentially, I'm at the stage where I can use tinted coverage on my face and most of it looks quite good (apart from my forehead, which is obviously still damaged and my surgical scar/ TCA scar/ and some remaining burn marks/ scars), but I'd like to not wear tinted coverage and just have clear skin (like we all do!). So, I'm testing the massaging. And I'll let you know truthfully how well it goes. And of course, you can test it yourself. And then you'll know for yourself...
3. New Directions beta glucan liquid is a wonderful product with no contraindications I've seen thus far...only positives. Please look at research citing beta glucan for healing burns, cancer, scars, diseases etc. Beta glucan, therefore, is obviously the key active ingredient helping my skin in the New Directions product. There may be other brands out there (in fact, if you look at scar therapy products/ many - if not most - cite beta glucan), however, this New Directions brand is one I can vouchsafe as effective on my own skin, so I can recommend it.
You could contact New Directions directly for more info about the product and ask them specifically what type of beta glucan derivative it contains...however, it does work...but feel free to shop around, there may be a superior product, to this brand and if so, please let me know! But you're right about the chemicals, I'm not enthusiastic about the preservative/ solution stabilizers, but they are pretty stock standard in dermatological products...if I source a beta glucan product without the chemical additives I'll let you know...it's always best to stay away from any additives.
[NB ***They also have pure beta glucan powder but I have not tried it and only mixtures containing 1% - 5 % pure beta glucan is recommended. After using pure B5 and B3 from New Directions (which I dissolved in their moisturizer Marine Collagen + Aloe Vera before applying it, I noticed that initially my skin loved these vitamins - especially my forehead - but that other parts of my skin 'overreacted' i.e. the B3 really lightened my decolletage, it's also toxic at high doses so you need to ensure you only use the stipulated safe amount (which is a very tiny amount) ... so I think B3 & possibly B5 (although I think this is milder) may have the potential to negatively affect the skin if not used correctly, so best to stick with reputable dermatological products containing safe doses of B3 and not use the pure ingredient only...however, I should add that I think in reality, B3 doesn't truly lighten skin, it only rectifies skin damage/ photo-damage which may appear as lightened skin, but in reality, is damaged skin returning to its natural healthy coloring sans skin damage. However, the difference was stark, so much so that I'd like to do more research about the optimal dosage before I trial it on my skin again. So, yes, they are great to use, but you must be TRULY certain of the dose...otherwise, it seems these pure ingredients are powerful and could possibly have contraindications if not properly applied at the safe dosage/ and won't scar the skin]. That's why I recommend their beta glucan liquid...it's ready for application***.
Anyway, I probably babbled too much here...sorry about that ! And it's quite late so hopefully what I wrote makes sense!
Edited by aquasea, 28 May 2013 - 06:13 PM.